The No. 13 Oilers will face second-ranked Ferris State University in the Sweet 16 on March 13 in Big Rapids, Mich. The game, with an Elite 8 trip on the line, is scheduled to begin at 7pm.
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The Oilers hold a 21-10 advantage over Ferris State in their all-time series. The two programs first met during the 1962-63 campaign when the Bulldogs were victorious by a score of 79-66.
Earlier this season the Bulldogs beat the Oilers at the buzzer by a score of 69-68 in Big Rapids.
The Oilers only shot 36.4 percent (24-of-66) from the floor while the Bulldogs converted 50 percent (29-of-58) of their field goal attempts in the game. The Bulldogs also held a 36-16 advantage in points in the paint and out-rebounded the Oilers by a 41-35 margin.
The Bulldogs were paced by Noah King and Drew Cushingberry, who each had 13 points in the game.
The Oilers are 27-4 on the year and are coming off of an 84-65 win over Drury in the opening round of the NCAA DII Midwest Regional.
The Oilers are led by senior forward Taren Sullivan, who was named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) Player of the Year. Sullivan is averaging 17.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. He is also shooting 52.7 percent from the floor and 42.2 percent from behind the three point line.
Senior guard Martyce Kimbrough leads the team in scoring at 18.0 points per game and has made a team-high 99 three pointers. He is shooting 39.8 percent from long range and was voted first team all-conference this season.
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The Bulldogs are 34-1 on the season and ranked second in the nation. They have been led by Zach Hankins, who is averaging 15.1 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game. He was named the Midwest Region Player of the Year and also captured Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Player of the Year accolades.
Drew Cushingberry is scoring 13.6 points per game while Noah King is scoring 12.4 points per outing. King is making 2.6 three pointers per game and is shooting 43.8 percent from long range.
As a team, the Bulldogs are scoring 86.7 points per contest and shooting 50.2 percent from the floor. They are also out-rebounding their opponents by 6.3 per game and blocking 6.5 shots per outing.
The Oilers have appeared in 14 NCAA Division II National Tournaments since joining the DII ranks as a full member in 2000-01 and have recorded a 20-12 record in those games. They have appeared in the national tournament during the 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.
The team reached the Elite 8 for the first time in school history during the 2004-05 campaign and advanced to the Sweet 16 during the 2007-08 season, 2016-17 campaign and again in 2017-18. They then used those experiences to win a NCAA Division II National Championship during the 2008-09 campaign, finishing the year with a perfect 36-0 record. They claimed the title with a 56-53 overtime win against Cal Poly Pomona on March 28, 2009 in Springfield, Mass. Their 36 wins as an undefeated national champion are the most in the history of NCAA Division II men's basketball.
Senior forward Taren Sullivan earned first team all-Midwest Region honors from the Division II Conference Commissioners Association on March 12.
Sullivan was the G-MAC Player of the Year and earned a spot on the all-region team for the second consecutive season. He was joined as an honoree by senior guard Martyce Kimbrough, who earned second team all-region accolades. Kimbrough earned first team honors one season ago for the Oilers.
Senior guard Martyce Kimbrough ranks 11th all-time at Findlay with 1,644 career points. He is chasing Marc Bishop for 10th place on the all-time scoring list. Bishop put up 1,658 points for the Oilers from 1996-99.
Senior forward Taren Sullivan ranks 13th all-time at Findlay with 1,579 career points. He is chasing Dustin Pfeifer for 12th place on the all-time scoring list. Pfeifer put up 1,590 career points for the Oilers during the 2003-06 campaigns.
Senior guard Elijah Kahlig is looking to join the 1,000-point club this season and has scored 983 career points during his tenure at Findlay.
The Oilers have seen 46 players reach the 1,000-point plateau during their careers with the program.
The Oilers have made 301 three pointers this season and are averaging 9.7 triples per game. Their 301 three pointers ranks 32nd in the nation. Both their total three pointers made and triples made per contest rank second in the Great Midwest.
Individually, senior guards Martyce Kimbrough and Elijah Kahlig have led the way with 99 and 62 made three pointers, respectively. Kimbrough is making 3.2 triples per game, the best mark in the league. His average per game is also the 13th best mark in the nation.
Findlay set a school record last season with 312 made three pointers and approaching that mark this year.
Senior guard Martyce Kimbrough is ranked second all-time at Findlay with 298 made three pointers. Former All-American Marc Bishop holds the school record for most made three pointers in a career as he connected on 313 triples from 1996-99. Kimbrough set a single-season record for most made three pointers during the 2016-17 campaign with 114.
Kimbrough is also rising the Oilers all-time list for career three pointers attempted as he has hoisted 738 during his tenure with the team. His total is the second-highest all-time at Findlay. Bishop holds the school record for most attempted three pointers with 779.
In addition, senior guard Elijah Kahlig has seen 216 shots from three point range go through the net, the fifth-highest total in school history. His 558 attempts from long range is also the fifth-highest total in program history.